Women Owning It: On Your Terms, Negotiating the Negotiation

Special Event
Theater 7–9pm
  • Regular FREE

Free and open to public! 

This event is first-come, first served. Please arrive early to guarantee a seat in our theater. 

We don’t want you to be part of the 20% of women who never negotiate at all. 

Women Owning It is a celebration of women in media and tech killin’ it in their fields and owning their space in the industry. For the Fall 2019 panel, we’re focusing on the art of negotiating. Hear from women who are pros at closing deals and negotiating contracts, from female founders to filmmakers to a negotiation coach (she actually does this for a living!).

Whether you’re in media or in tech, we welcome you to come and learn negotiation tips from both industries. In the world of negotiating, arming yourself with as much information as possible will propel your career forward in whatever field you’re working.

So, how do you negotiate that big raise? How do you secure financing and distribution for your project? What do you do when it’s time to sell your company? Find out from our experts:

Carly Hugo (Loveless), Erin Gleason Alvarez (Take Charge Negotiations), Viveka Hulyalkar (Beam), Janine Beach (Phoenix Entertainment Advisors), and Lydia Rodman (Visit Films).

Event Schedule

7 PM to 8 PM –– Panel and Q&A

8 PM to 9 PM –– Networking

Panelists are:

Carly Hugo is an Emmy-nominated producer and the co-founder of Loveless. She has produced over 25 films, which have premiered at the Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Along with her producing partner Matt Parker, Carly was the recipient of this year’s Sundance Institute | Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Feature Film. Carly recently produced SHARE with A24, which premiered in the US Dramatic Competition of Sundance 2019, where it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and a Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting. It was the closing night film of New Directors/New Films, a special screening in the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival, and aired on HBO in July. Carly also produced COUPLES THERAPY, a docuseries for Showtime that the New York Times says features “some of the most intense, complex moments I’ve ever seen on TV.” Carly has produced multiple documentaries with HBO, including the Nora Ephron documentary EVERYTHING IS COPY, which was nominated for two Primetime Emmys, AGNELLI, HOT COFFEE, and SUITED. She recently developed and sold a scripted half-hour series to Showtime, which is currently in the pilot stage. Her other films include MOTHER OF GEORGE, HIGHER GROUND, FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE, and BACHELORETTE. She also produced Beyoncé's multi-part documentary SELF-TITLED. Carly is a mentor for the Sundance Creative Producing Program, has been a fellow of the Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, and Film Independent, and is a member of the Television Academy. She grew up outside of Boston, and studied film at Columbia University. 

Erin Gleason Alvarez is the founder of Take Charge Negotiations, a company that delivers negotiation training and advice that is tailored to women. Erin has nearly 20 years of experience in the negotiation and dispute resolution field. Currently, she also serves as an independent arbitrator and mediator for commercial and insurance disputes (US domestic and international). Erin previously worked as in-house counsel, leading the Global ADR Program for AIG and also worked as a litigator, representing hundreds of parties in direct negotiation, arbitration and mediation of employment and commercial disputes. She holds an LLM in International Arbitration from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. Erin is the author of numerous articles on Negotiation, Mediation, and International Arbitration. She co-chairs the New York City Bar Association President’s Committee on Enhancing Efficiency in Dispute Resolution, an effort that seeks to foster fair and cost- effective dispute resolution practices across New York.


Viveka Hulyalkar is the Cofounder & CEO of Beam, a social impact startup on a mission to shift $10B from mission-driven retail brands to high-impact nonprofits and activate young people to do more for the issues that matter most to them every day. Beam's app and integration give users the power to donate part of their purchases at leading retailers like IKEA, Dig Inn, and Dos Toros to supported causes they believe in at no extra cost. Prior to cofounding Beam, Viveka was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s New York office, where she served retail and advanced advertising clients. She has deep experience in corporate philanthropy and cause marketing, having previously launched initiatives sponsored by the NBA, Government of India, and Clinton Global Initiative. She graduated with Honors from Brown University with a BA in Political Science.


Janine Beach is an entertainment lawyer and media strategy consultant based in New York and Toronto. She is the founder and principal of Phoenix Entertainment Advisors and of counsel at Nevin Law Group. Phoenix’s entertainment law practice focuses on independent producers and creative talent across film, television and digital media. In her work with independent producers, Janine negotiates and drafts deals for films across development, financing, production and distribution. As a talent lawyer, she structures and negotiates deals for actors, directors, writers and personalities. Phoenix’s consulting practice works with media companies on strategic planning, business development and social impact. Phoenix is especially focused on serving diverse clients and international markets, and currently represents clients in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil. Janine launched Phoenix in 2018 after ten years in legal and strategy roles in the media and entertainment industry in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. Her prior legal experience includes practice at leading firms and production companies representing Academy Award, Emmy, and Tony Award winning clients. Her strategy experience includes the advisory teams for the CEOs of two leading media conglomerates. Janine received her JD from Columbia University School of  Law, her MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business and her bachelor’s degree with joint honors from McGill University. She is admitted to the bar in New York and California, and was born and raised in Dundas, Ontario.

Lydia Rodman is the Director of Sales at Visit Films, a worldwide film sales company specializing in daring and original work from diverse filmmakers around the globe. Visit represents Oscar-nominated and award-winning films from the world's top festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Rotterdam, Toronto, SXSW and Tribeca. Armed with a catalog of 200+ titles, Lydia licenses the rights to theatrical distributors, DVD/digital outlets, and broadcasters all around the world. Lydia has always been passionate about supporting the international independent film community, previously producing events with the Berlinale and Raindance Film Festival, IFP, Gotham Awards, Film Independent and the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art. She previously worked in documentary film production, and earned high honors for her studies in history and documentary film at New York University.

We encourage entrepreneurs and creators at every stage to attend this free-of-charge event.

As always, our hope is that attendees leave this evening session reinvigorated and feel empowered to build their businesses, brands, and billable hours.


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